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First Student-Led Exhibition Opens at Chapel Art Center

January 22, 2014

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
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Bruce McColl, "Spring Blooms," watercolor and pastel on paper. Permanent Collection, Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center.The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center presents the first student-led exhibition, Students Select Working as Curators, with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibition of works from the college's permanent collection is curated entirely by Saint Anselm students.

The works on view will be commented on by a curatorial team of 14 students with varied academic disciplines. The team is lead by sophomore fine arts major Mary Pat Devine, senior history major and spring 2014 curatorial and exhibitions intern Justin Eckilson, and sophomore history major and fall 2013 curatorial and exhibitions intern Sabrina Fahy.

The first two weeks of this working exhibit will be devoted to observation, reflection, research, and writing. The student team will produce extended label text to accompany the artworks on display in the gallery.

"I'm excited," said student curatorial team member Ryan Sanford. "It's an interesting opportunity to use the skills I learned in humanities to analyze a piece of artwork."

"It appeals to my English major senses and I hope to offer a fresh perspective," said the junior.

An interactive gallery talk, to be held following the completion of the exhibit labels, will allow the student curatorial team to provide insight into their thought process and promote discussion about the artworks, the nature of curatorial work, and their thoughts on writing about art.

Students Select is the first student-led exhibition at the Chapel Art Center. It offers students the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the curatorial writing process, while also showcasing several significant works from the Chapel Art Center's permanent collection. It will be available Jan. 24 - Feb. 22.

Also on view is Influence and Significance, with additional works from the permanent collection.

The gallery is free and open to the public. For hours of operation and to see the full list of programs, visit the Chapel Art Center website